Mustache simulation technology at it's finest.

Mustache simulation technology at it’s finest.

This slightly ridiculous project was made for my brother and his wife as an engagement present.  Like many young couples, mustaches played an important role in their courtship.

The mirror is a one way mirror, covering a set of six clear acrylic plates. Each plate is engraved with a different mustache pattern and lit from the side with LEDs.  Total internal reflection traps most of the light inside the plate until it reaches an engraved edge, causing it to glow brightly.  The sides of the plates are covered in foil tape to further minimize light leakage.

Each turn of the knob lights up a different mustache pattern, which shines through the mirror.  A 555 timer circuit switches the lights off after 30 seconds.

The case was designed as a 3D model in Autodesk Inventor, and the panels were then arranged as a flat drawing for laser cutting.  After spending far longer designing a respectable case than I spent building the electronics, I was inspired to develop an application to automate the process.

Cut Sheet 1_enh


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